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Sunbathing in Kauai

Kauai Beaches have fantastic sun! If you love the sun, you have found a great place to send your soaking time. Sun tanning or bathing or simply tanning is the process whereby skin color is darkened or tanned. The process is a result of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Many people deliberately tan their skin by exposure to the sun, called sun bathing.
  • Anahola Beach Park

    East Shore


    Anahola Beach Park is a local favorite because it has something suitable for everyone. It's located on the east shore of Kauai. Many believe this is the safest beach on the windward coast Kauai. White-sand shores are protected from high surf by a reef.
  • Baby Beach (Ho'ona)

    South Shore


    This small beach was given it's name because it's both small, and children friendly. The shallow waters are protected by large rocks, so the waves are usually small. It is shallow so wading is about all you can do in the water, depending on tide levels. I
  • Black Pot Beach Park

    North Shore


    This beach is part of the Hanalei Bay and is packed with families every weekend. You will see tents and tarps setup for picnics, fires and BBQs. There is a grass lawn with shade for relaxing. You can rent surfboards and paddle boards. The mouth of the Han
  • Brennecke's Beach

    South Shore


    This beach is next to Poipu Beach on Kauai's south shore. Brennecke's Beach is a small sandy cove right off the road and is popular for body boarding.
  • Donkey Beach (Paliku)

    East Shore


    Donkey Beach (Paliku) is on the East Side of Kauai about 1.5 miles from Kealia Beach. It's a great beach for sunbathing, offering plenty of sand and some shade trees. The secluded location made it a perfect spot for nudist or clothing optional beach goers
  • Haena Beach Park

    North Shore


    Haena Beach Park is a favorite camping spot for both visitors and locals. Located on the very end of the North Shore of Kauai, the park sits at the edge of the Na Pali coast and is just a short walk to the famous snorkeling and swimming beach Tunnels.
  • Hanalei Beach Park Pavilion

    North Shore


    This beach is in the heart of the Hanalei Bay, a famous 2-mile long crescent of white sand nestled beneath a beautiful range of mountains lined with waterfalls.
  • Hideaways Beach

    North Shore


    The Hawaii name for this beach is Kenomene, but it's usually just called Hideaways Beach, or the Pali Ke Kau beach. Hideaways isn't so hidden nowadays, but it's still a great Princeville beach to visit.
  • Kahalahala Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is to the east of Lumahai Beach and by many is incorrectly referred to as Lumahai Beach or East Lumahai. However, it's technically a different beach called Kahalahala, which means Pandanus Trees in Hawaiian. It was made famous by the movie Sout
  • Kalalau Beach

    North Shore


    You will find this beach after a 11 mile hike along the Kalalau Trail on the Napali Coast. This beach is fairly private due to the difficult trek to it. You can also get to this beach via boat. The trail that leads to this beach is considered the most
  • Kalapaki Beach

    East Shore


    The white sands and gentle waters of Kalapaki Beach are ideal for sunning, swimming, and sailing. Kalapaki Beach also is the home of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, and Kauai Lagoons 40 acres of freshwater tropical lagoons that serve as a sanctuar
  • Kawailoa Bay Beach

    South Shore


    Often there are local families here for picnics and fishing. The shoreline is covered with active and lithified sand dunes. Waves have deeply undercut the sea cliffs below the dunes.
  • Ke'e Beach

    North Shore


    This is the last beach accessible by car on the north shore. Located literally at the end of the road, Ke'e Beach is probably the most visited beach on Kauai.
  • Kekaha Beach

    West Shore


    This private long white sand beach is is popular fishing spot also well known for great sunsets and beach combing. This is officially the longest stretch of white sand in the state of Hawaii. From this beach there is a view of Niihau Island and Lehua rock
  • Kepuhi Beach

    North Shore


    You will find soft tumbling waves that come close to shore at this beach. They break further out due to the reef and the water is pretty shallow near the shore. The current can tend be strong, so pay special attention as you swim or go in the water furthe
  • Kiahuna Beach

    South Shore


    This beach is a popular beach for beginner surfers, snorkelers and body boarders. You may see others getting first time lessons. The water is usually fairly clam inside the reef. Outside the reef surfers ride the waves, and the water gets much more choppi
  • Larsen's Beach

    North Shore


    Larsen's Beach is a remote and undeveloped beach on the north shore of Kauai between Moolaa Bay and Waiakalua. The beach is narrow and approximately two miles long.
  • Lawai Bay

    South Shore


    This beach backs up to the National Botanical Garden and is a breathtaking view of the south. Sunsets are great here. Access is tricky as you have to cross private property in order to access the beach. You can also kayak to the Kukui'ula Harbor which is
  • Lawai Beach

    South Shore


    This beach fronts the Lawai Beach Resort and the Beach House Restaurant. The Beach House restaurant is reason enough to visit this beach. But make sure you make reservations far in advance of your trip and try to time your meal with the sunset, they are a
  • Moloa'a Bay Beach

    East Shore


    The swimming at Moloa’a Beach is ok during calm seas, but when the tide is up you won’t want to swim here. For the best experience check out southeast side of the beach rather than the northwest side.
  • Pali Ke Kua Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is just adjacent to Hideaways Beach. Sometimes Pali Ke Kua and Hideaways are considered the same beach, but access is separate unless you swim, so we consider these two small but separate beaches. Hideaways Beach is accessed via a small, steep
  • Pila'a Beach

    North Shore


    Pilaa Beach is a sparsely visited beach. It is difficult to access and since the nearshore ocean bottom is rocky, it's not a good beach for swimming. The beach is a good spot to just relax without the crowds, but since the trail to it is rocky, it's even
  • Poipu Beach

    South Shore


    Poipu literally means "crashing waves" in Hawaiian. Poipu beach is located near the southern-most tip of Kauai. The beaches in this area are favorites for snorkeling and scuba diving. This beach consistently receives national and worldwide awards and is k
  • Pu'u Poa Beach

    North Shore


    Pu'u Poa Beach is mainly used by guests of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and the Hanalei Bay Resort. Hanalei Bay Resort guests can take the steep and paved path that leads to the beach (or use the resort's shuttle). Guests of the St. Regis Princeville
  • Sea Lodge Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is calm and fairly private, and is also known as Kaweonui Beach. Getting here requires a 1/2 mile hike through a moderate and sometimes slippery trail. However, once you arrive, this beach has great sand, shade and calm water. Large hala and ka
  • Secret (Kauapea) Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is perhaps more well known by it's nickname, Secret Beach but in Hawaiian is known as Kauapea Beach. However, many locals simply call this beach Secrets for short. This 3,000 foot long north shore beach is known for its size, privacy, and scene
  • Shipwrecks Beach

    South Shore


    This sandy beach has a step shore break which makes it a popular body boarding beach. It's usually sunny and a good family beach.
  • Tunnels (Makua) Beach

    North Shore


    The post-card scenery of Tunnels Beach offers a wide crescent shaped golden sand beach, shady ironwood trees and views of the Bali Hai and lush jungle mountains.
  • Waiakalua Beaches

    North Shore


    This beach is a popular fishing location made up of two beaches, Waiakalua Iki Beach and Waiakalua Nui Beach. Waiakalua Nui jis just slightly east and is covered with beach rock. A rocky point separates the beaches. This beach is dangerous for swimming an
  • Waikoko Beach

    North Shore


    This beach is small and relativity hidden along the highway at the end of Hanalei Bay, can be the perfect spot in the summer for those looking for a tranquil place to sunbathe. Getting to the beach from the highway is a little tricky because you have to
  • Wailua Beach

    East Shore


    This beach is at the mouth of the Wailua River and is a popular surf and kite board location. The water can be murky and the parking is limited. The beach is located at the mouth of the only navigable river in the State of Hawaii, the Wailua River. Wailua
  • Waimea Beach

    West Shore


    Waimea Beach is different from other Kauai Beaches. The sand is black is well known as a spectacular vantage point for sunsets over Niihau, the Forbidden Isle. The Waimea Pier and the lovely cottages along the beach take you back to a nostalgic plantation
  • Waioli Beach Park

    North Shore


    This beach is located at about the middle of the two mile long crescent-shaped bay of Hanalei Bay. Waioli Beach Park is is fronted by a large grass lawn and plenty of shady areas for relaxing in the white sand. The waves are often good for surfing along t
  • Wyllie Beach

    North Shore


    This beach can be found at the end of the road past Anini Beach. However you usually have to ford the small stream to get to this small patch of sand. Those in princeville can hike or drive down a step road (Wyllie Road) to get to the other side of this b

Tips & Equipment

Sunscreen is an important part of tanning. Sunscreen with an SPF of 10 to 15 is ideal for tanners as it will protect skin from dangerous rays and allow the tan to build gradually which prevents sunburns or a reddish tan. Make sure to cover all exposed parts of skin evenly to avoid an uneven tan and don’t forget the backs of elbows and knees.

A healthy and natural tan takes time to develop. Spending one to two hours a day tanning is enough for most people, and will let the tan build on itself. The American Medical Association recommends avoiding sun exposure during peak hours (generally 10am to 2pm), and tanning during those hours may give a deeper tan or even cross over into sunburn territory.

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Sunbathing Safety

Please check with appropriate resources and authorities regarding beach conditions, tides, etc. Any statements or assessments of conditions are based solely on opinion and should NOT be considered expert advice.

Wear sunscreen at all times, and limit your exposure!